On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star.
Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.
A Dreamspinner Press Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
Why I read this book: This week’s theme is 2-4-1, which means reading two short books less than 150 pages. I chose this book because I am an angst groupie, I love to hurt.
A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Ahh, what can I say. The blurb says it all: “A Dreamspinner Press Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
I started the story knowing it wouldn’t have a traditional happy ending, but I didn’t know how the story would develop or what the ending would be. It may be unusual to start discussing the ending first, but I think it’s important – it is after all – Bittersweet. I was left melancholy after I finished this book. I was sad, a little confused, upset and honestly looking for just a little more. It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a non-traditional ending – at all. It has to do with their being unanswered questions (when you read it you will understand); I didn’t like the fact that I was left hanging.
What I DID love was Jonathan. He was sweet, eager to learn – and not just about acting – and his bravery was amazing to watch grow. When Jonathan arrives at college and his dorm, he meets his Senior roommate, David Star, who is also a theater major. David is unlike anyone Jonathan has ever known (me either) and for shy, wallflower Jonathan, David is like the ice cream (enter your own food indulgence here) after a long fast. It’s perfect and everything you thought you wanted – until the stomach ache.
David is charismatic, charming, gorgeous, a great actor, popular, smart and carefree, ready to go and do anything. It’s clear that Jonathan is enamored with David, but David is…a social butterfly, never staying in once place for long. It is heartbreaking to see Jonathan pine for David and not feel that love returned. As I said in the beginning, I was left with a lot of unanswered questions, and one of them: What was the purpose/point of this story? The summary tells you it’s about Jonathan remembering his past with David on the night Jonathan has won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Is this story an ode to David as a way to give him his moment? (Yes, I would say so. Jonathan’s memories as he shares them with us are bittersweet but tinged with the light of affection and fondness.)
Is this story a way to show you that living your life scared and in the shadows is no way to live and that you should never fear putting yourself out there? (Yes, I would say so. Had it not been for David, Jonathan’s life would not have turned out the way it did. Would he have still been happy. Sure. Would he have been fulfilled? That’s not up to me to say.)
Is this story a way to show you that everything you do, everybody you meet, every action you take results in who you are built to be as a person? Steps leading you towards your fate. (David was a part of Jonathan’s history and led Jonathan on a journey, taking him to the movie’s, meeting and talking to strangers – learning about their lives and using each moment as an acting lesson.)
This book left me in a reflective mood and I know I won’t soon be forgetting what it taught me. I enjoyed the story for every aspect it gave me, and think it would do everybody good to read this story. It was powerful, at least, that’s one readers opinion. I also think the book cover doesn’t nearly do justice to the depth of this story; don’t let it deter you from trying this story.